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The Russell Hobbs 18046 is a toaster and not just any old toaster but one for making toast. In case anyone doesn't know, the principle of a toaster is that you put bread it there and it heats it on both sides until it is crisp. Your toast is now ready for a spread of your choice. Traditionally this is butter or margarine but different parts of the world have their own customs. Eskimos like to spread mashed bananas and snow on their toast while in parts of South America they will only eat toast if it has been drizzled with coconut milk and kiwi fruit. This toaster is currently available to buy for £24.99. If you don't have £24.99 maybe you could try grilling your toast instead? Please remember to turn it over though. The toaster is available in different colours but I prefer the black and silver one as depicted in the picture above. I don't know if they do a pink one in case anyone is wondering. They should do. You have a choice of settings that go up to six. I like my toast very well done so the highest one is good, especially if you are in a hurry. Please keep an eye on it though if you choose the highest setting because when bread is heated to a certain level it starts to burn. I think the lead could have been longer here so you will have to have the toaster quite close to a plug. There is a crumb tray underneath you can remove and then it's up to you what you do with the crumbs. You can give them to the birds or make an interesting crumb collage painting if you wish. It's entirely your business what you do with the crumbs. You will learn over time which are the best settings for different foodstuffs. The only thing apart from toast I've used in this are crumpets and I actually prefer to do them under the grill because they are sometimes difficult to extract. There is a frozen setting for bread that needs to be thawed. If you put bread in the freezer it wil freeze and need to be thawed. Anyone with a background in science will know that. This toaster has served me well since it set up residence in my kitchen but I don't think it is the best toaster you could buy. It does get very hot and could give you more room and scope to put bigger things in there. I've had no mechanical failures with it so far and it has made many slices of toast. I think it's a good toaster but you could do better.
Nytol Herbal Tablets are tablets said to help induce a good night's sleep and are widely available. I bought some of these in my local supermaket and they cost £5 for a packet of 30 tablets. The tablets contain hops, valerian and passion flower and the natural sedatives are supposed to make you calm and drowsy and ready for bed. You take two tablets an hour before you plan to go to bed and then they are supposed to work their magic. Did the tablets work for me? Sadly, the answer is no. I do struggle to get to sleep sometimes and have bouts of insomnia, especially in the summer, and I was very curious to try these when I saw them in the supermarket. I took two an hour prior to going to bed as instructed over several nights but I didn't notice any great effect and they didn't make any difference to how long it took me to get to sleep. You do notice a slight fogginess after you've taken them but it might just be your imagination. You've taken something so you assume something has happened. I didn't feel drowsy or sleepy when I went to bed an hour after taking these. I just felt awake and like I'd wasted £5 in the supermarket. The tablets look like dried lettuce crushed into small tablets and it might have more effect to eat a lettuce! They don't really smell very nice either. They smell like the inside of a rabbit hutch. I didn't have any problems getting them down though with a glass of water. You should follow the instructions that come with the tablets and obviously not take more than two before you go to bed. I don't know if the tablets work for anyone else but I was very disappointed with my experience of these and would not choose to buy them again. You would be better off making yourself some hot milk or chocolate an hour before bed and saving your money. The effect of these tablets is no stronger than a hot milk or a late night bath and neither of those send me to sleep either. If you do suffer from insomnia and are looking for a natural remedy that might help you to relax and get a reasonable night's sleep then I would approach Nytol Herbal Tablets with caution. They didn't work for me at all.
Apologies for adding yet another tissue review to the site but my memories of my cold are still recent enough to remember being zonked in a chair and needing something to hand for the runny nose stage of my sniffles. When I have a bad cold I like to have a supply of tissues rather than resort to a clump of bog roll and Kleenex Man size Tissues have a good reputation. You get about 100 tissues and these cost me £1.50. The main appeal and selling point of these tissues is they are very large (30 x 27 cm) and designed to absorb all the punishment they will take from your conk when you are under the weather and wiping your nose all the time. I found the tissues were very effective when wiping my nose and didn't disintegrate or fall apart too easily. Each is strong enough to use more than once although I tend not to do this myself as it's not very nice to have a used tissue lying around or in your pocket even if you are mildly delirious from the flu or a very bad cold! Some find these tissues to be too big but I can't say that was a major problem for me as when I have a sniffly nose the bigger the tissue the better as far as I am concerned. They are an impressive size and very absorbent. These are rather good value in my opinion as they are super strong and you get a good amount in the box. They come in quite a snazzy box too with a big kleenex logo which keeps them nice and clean and packed away and easy to whip out. I prefer this as I'm not a huge fan of tissues packed into those little plastic wrappers because they are difficult to get out sometimes and you end up dragging the lot out with the more cheapo ones. Kleenex Man size Tissues are 3 ply tissues so very strong and durable and good quality. The other important thing to mention is that they feel soft and pleasant when you use them which is exactly what you need when you have to keep wiping an increasingly sensitive and raw nose. I found these very good on the whole and would recommend this product, especially for the next time you have a very bad cold.
With Sainsbury's Basics Facial Tissues you get a box of 150 two ply tissues for 35p. It's always tempting when you see a product this cheap and many of the supermarket 'value' brands are not that bad at all so I thought I would give these a whirl when my cold was in its last stages but still making my nose run. The tissues are not a complete waste of time but obviously they are not as strong as some of the more branded tissues and don't go as far. Although you get a good amount of tissues the box this is one 'basics' product where you can tell you've gone for the bargain offer and sacrificed some of the quality. These do disintegrate quite easily if you give them some punishment with your conk and don't hold their shape and ability to absorb as much as the more famous tissues you can buy. I found they were smaller and more flimsy than the more expensive tissues I'd bought on previous occasions. If you have to blow your nose very heavily too they are not really up to the job and they aren't the most soft or sensitive tissues I've ever encountered. This is very important I feel because if you have to keep wiping your nose it becomes sore and sensitive and you need a very soft tissue rather than one which is going to irritate the skin. These are just about bearable for everyday use but I don't think I would like to rely just on these if I had a very bad cold. Overall, I found these to be a little too flimsy and superficial and although the price is very tempting I would personally pay a little more for a better box of tissues, especially if you are suffering from a very bad cold and need to use them a lot.
Not very often but now and again I do suffer from bad heartburn and like to keep some sort of Gaviscon product in as I find they are better than Rennies for this. I usually buy the Gaviscon tablets but you can now buy liquid Gaviscon. The price was a bit steep at over double the £2 you pay for 16 Gaviscon tablets for a 150ml bottle but I was interested to see if this was faster acting and effective and the fact that it was a liquid didn't seem like a huge drawback to me personally as it seemed a lot easier and quicker than munching a couple of tablets which can sometimes stick to your mouth and be a slight struggle to get down. You can get this in aniseed or peppermint but I've only tried the peppermint. The taste is not exactly delicious although you probably wouldn't expect an anti acid medicine to taste that nice! It is very thick like a milkshake and has that familiar mint/chalky taste. It really isn't that pleasant but at least you can drink it quickly so it isn't the most incredible ordeal ever. The liquid is very gloopy though and it wouldn't surprise me if this was the stuff Noel Edmonds used to gunk minor celebrities in his old House Party television show! As ever with Gaviscon you should not take this if you suffer from some particular ailments including high blood preassure and there are instructions about these and the recommended dosages included with the product. As far as effectiveness goes I found this did banish excess acid and also when I had a tinge of heartburn this evaporated the problem fairly quickly and seemed to react inside your system a bit quicker than munching a couple of Gaviscon tablets. Although I was very happy with how the product worked I think that considering the price I might stick to the tablets for the time being as they've always worked too even when I've had heartburn. If I had very bad heartburn though I would certainly be happy to have some of this in the cupboard. I think it depends on how prone you are to bad heartburn and how often you suffer from it. Gaviscon Peppermint Liquid Relief contains Sodium bicarbonate, Calcium carbonate, and Sodium alginate. This product definitely works but it does taste a bit unpleasant and given the price is probably one for those who suffer very bad heartburn quite often and like to have something in the cupboard to combat this.
The original Cherry Tunes are arguably the most famous cough sweet in Britain and there can be few people out now who haven't ended up with a packet of these at some point or other when they had a bad cold. They come sugar free also in a small box now with a lid that flips open (rather than a tube) and are not individually wrapped. It does make them easier to pop in your mouth but if you drop the box it does end up scattering Tunes all over the floor. A box of these cost me 75p in my local newsagents but I'd imagine you can finder them cheaper than that and you get a good amount of Tunes that should keep you going for a couple of days at least. As far as taste goes I think few people will have many complaints with these. They taste nicer than Lockets or Halls and I prefer these too to the blackcurrant Tunes which I feel taste a little too sweet and artificial. These are nicer and you can really taste the cherry juice they contain. They also contain Vitamin C to give you a little boost and menthol. These are not that effective for sore throats, apart from taking your mind off it while you are eating the sweet, but do clear your nose a bit. Lockets are better for sore throats and Halls unblock you more but Tunes are a good all purpose sweet to have in the house too when you have the sniffles. The fact that these are sugar free is a plus and the balance of artificial sweeteners is good in this product. I find the Halls Cherry sugar free sweets taste oddly chemical and over sweet but I didn't have any problems with these. They last quite a long time too when you pop one in your mouth. I have fallen asleep with one in my mouth before and woken up about half an hour later with the remnants of one still stuck to my tongue so are very long lasting if you can resist crunching into them. The full list of ingredients for this product is as follows, Sweeteners (Isomalt, Sucralose), Citric Acid, Cherry Juice, Flavouring, Menthol, Vitamin C, and Colour (E129). Cherry Sugar Free Tunes are not a spectacular cold cure but they are nice to have to hand when you are under the weather and bunged up. They taste very pleasant and the Vitamin C does perk you up a bit each time you consume one. I think for sore throats you need Strepsils or Lockets but whatever sort of cold you have these are handy to have lying around and good value for the amount you get.
I am a big fan of Jakemans cough sweets and have even been known to munch a few when I don't have a cold. I love the original black ones but there are different flavours to try including these Jakemans Blueberry Menthol Sweets. They come in a plastic bag packet rather than a tube and you get about 15 sweets which are individually wrapped. The sweets are larger than Tunes or Halls and generally nicer I think. They have the taste of real old fashioned sweets that you used to buy in the newsagents rather than some of the other medicated cough sweets which can taste a bit artificial at times. This may have something to do with the fact that they are not sugar free, which might be a drawback for some, but certainly makes them taste nicer. I tend to use a lot of sugar free products and I did find these bordering on being too sweet but generally thought they were very nice in terms of taste. The most important question is do they do anything to help your nose and throat when you are suffering from a bad cold? I found them to be quite effective on this front especially in helping to unblock your nose and airways. They contain menthol and glucose syrup provide some relief to your throat (although not as much as something like Strepsils Extra would as they don't completely numb it). I would say that these sweets are stronger than Tunes and probably nicer (just my opinion) although I did not find them to be as strong as the original Jakemans in the black bag. The extra strength and strong aniseed and liquorice taste of those just edges out these for me but there isn't an awful lot to choose between them. These sweets cost me 65p and so are actually cheaper than Halls/Tunes and give you more sweets too. I think a packet of these in the house are very handy indeed when you have a cold and good to have lying around with stronger sweets where you can only have one every three hours. When I have a very bad sore throat, which doesn't happen often, I sometimes resort to a dollop of ice-cream in ice-cold lemonade as my preferred manner of easing the soreness and irritation and generally gunky feeling in your mouth/throat but obviously this is no long term solution, especially first thing in the morning! The Jakeman's range of sweets have been a good find for me and I find them as useful to have around to combat a bad cold as Tunes, Lockets and all the other usual suspects. If you have to do a shopping run for someone stewing at home with a very bad cold then I would definitely recommend popping a bag of these into your basket while you are out.
Although I had never heard of them until quite recently, Jakemans cough sweets have been around since 1907 and now come in a range of flavours besides the original ones in the black packet. Jakemans Honey & Lemon Menthol Sweets come in a yellow plastic bag and are individually wrapped. They taste very pleasant too, nicer than the original Lockets for my money and cost 61p for a 100g bag. They are not sugar free but probably taste nicer as a result (some sugar free varieties of Tunes & Halls can taste very artificial to me) and are suitable for vegetarians. You get about 15 sweets in a bag and they are bigger than Halls and Tunes and last longer in your mouth which is a definite plus for me as the longer you can take your mind off a sore throat with a sweet in your mouth the better. I didn't find them too sweet and would happily munch on these now and again even if I didn't have a cold. You can definitely detect the lemon oil in the sweets and while these will not ease your sore to the same extent as Strepsils they are on a par with Tunes and Halls. Lockets are probably a little more effective for a sore throat but these do probably have more than a menthol effect in unblocking your nose and airways than Lockets. I don't find these quite as nice or strong as the original Jakemans sweets in the black packet but the honey & lemon they are probably slightly better if you have a bad sore throat. I find Jakemans sweets generally make a nice alternative to Tunes, Halls and Lockets and always taste less artificial and chemical to me and more like real old fashioned sweets. I would certainly buy any of the Jakemans sweets again the next time I have a bad cold and these are certainly worth considering the next time you have to do a shop for someone who has picked up the sniffles from somewhere.
When you have a very bad sore throat and Lockets aren't providing anything other than temporary relief you need to go for something stronger. I usually end up with Strepsils when my throat is very bad and you can now buy Strepsils 'Extra' (in blackcurrant or cherry flavour) medicated sweets. These cost me £2.85 for 16 and the main selling point of these is that they have Hexylresorinol, which provides antiseptic treatment for your infection and has anaesthetic qualities to numb your sore throat. You can take one every three hours and are not supposed to exceed twelve in a 24 hour period. These sweets are much stronger than Tunes or similar medicated sweets and really are very effective in numbing your sore throat. They will not completely eradicate it by magic but the properties in the Strepsils will gradually help to ease your ailment away and they do effectively numb your throat for a time when you've just consumed one, which is the most important thing because there are few things more irritating and uncomfortable than a very bad sore throat. As long you can resist crunching into them the Strepsils will take between five and ten minutes to dissolve in your mouth and the effects do come on quite quickly and provide welcome relief. I find that when suffering from a bad sore throat one of these eases the soreness and irritation for a good 40 minutes to an hour so they are worth their weight in gold if you do pick up something nasty. These are not sugar free and in addition to Hexylresorinol, contain Sucrose, Glucose, Levomenthol, Blackcurrant Flavour (containing propylene glycol), Carmoisine Edicol (E122), Patent Blue V (E131). Each Lozenge contains 1.1g glucose and 1.4g sucrose. I generally prefer cherry to blackcurrant in my cough sweets as blackcurrant always tastes more artificial to me in sweets for some reason. I've only tried the blackcurrant Strepsils Extra though and I found the taste was ok. Not too sweet or artificial and quite pleasant. An extra strong medicated sweet of some kind is essential when you get to the sore throat part of a bad cold and Strepsils Extra therefore get a big thumbs up from me.
Fisherman's Friend are a famous brand of cough lozenges that come in a distinctive little paper packet. They cost me 70p in my local newsagents and are little chalky sweets with a texture like crumbly mints. They look like small brown pellets but because the brand is very old and famous you assume they are going to be very good for your throat/cold/(add cough related ailment of your choice) but personally I was a little disappointed. They do something of mild benefit with the menthol and eucalyptus they contain but I can't say I was very impressed or would like to buy them again. The first thing about the sweets to say is that they really don't taste very nice at all. I like the strong rustic taste of Jakemans sweets but these don't work at all with a bland sort of medical taste that becomes quite strong and unpleasant as they dissolve in your mouth. Because they are little chalky lozenges they don't tend to last very long either when you have one. Although this is probably a relief with Fisherman's Friend because they don't taste very nice I prefer medicated cough sweets like Tunes or Halls that last a good five to ten minutes. Fisherman's Friend contain Liquorice, Edible Starch, Edible Gum, Menthol, Eucalyptus Oil and Capsicum Tincture. These didn't do much for my sore throat apart from the horrible taste of them taking my mind off it for a few minutes and although they do have some benefit in clearing your nose they didn't do any anything that Halls don't. If you were blocked up and a bit chesty you would be better off with Halls Extra Strong rather than these and Lockets and Strepsils are much better for a sore throat. I think if these had more of an effect on your cold you could probably forgive the fact that they taste horrible but unfortunately they do not do anything spectacular to ease the symptoms of a bad cold and so you can't. Tunes don't anything spectacular either but they ease your throat a little more and taste much, much nicer. Although these sweets have been around for a long time and seem to be popular with many I think I'll stick to Tunes, Lockets and Halls the next time I come down with a very bad cold.
Calvin Klein: CK in 2u for Him, Eau de Toilette (try saying that after a couple of drinks) was released in 2007 and is fragrance that contains notes of citron vert or Green Citrus, Gin Fizz, pomelo leaves, frosted tangelo, Cacao bean, Jamaican pepper, shiso leaves, white musk, white cedar and ultra-vetiver. You can get a 100 ml bottle of this for just over £20 and I think this is a good fragrance although one I got as a gift rather than bought for myself. It has lasted a long time and I consider this to be a pleasant fragrance that has worked out to be very good value for money. The bottle is very attractive too and the fragrance comes in a range of sizes, 50ml and 100ml and 150ml. The fragrance has a very unique and attractive smell that is very fresh and clean. It has a slight citrus tang and you can notice white musk and white cedar. You don't need to put very much on at all to still feel the effects for most of the day. Like many fragrances you should take care not to overdo this as it is very potent if you do. I don't like fragrances that smell too sweet and like this one because it smells clean and subtle. I don't feel like this fragrance announces itself loudly like some other fragrances. The smell is distinctive but settles down and becomes very light and pleasant. I'm not sure if this is my favourite fragrance out of the ones I've tried but I do like it and would consider buying this as part of a gift set if I saw it available at a good price. Calvin Klein: CK in 2u for Him is a very fresh, clean and pleasant fragrance that I've got good use out of so far. I would recommend this as a good purchase.
Calvin Klein: Man is a pleasant fragrance that isn't too overpowering or potent. You can get a 100 ml bottle of this for around £20 and it contains notes of rosemary, mandarin, bay, nutmeg, incense, cypress wood and spearmint. This is a woody and fresh fragrance where no one thing seems to dominate the notes that come off of it. Although it says it contains spearmint I didn't notice this too much apart from a vague hint of it. This is a very masculine fragrance and lasts a long time when you use it so it should turn out to be very good value. Like most fragrances, you don't need very much at all to smell the effect and because it is quite potent you should be very careful not to put too much on. I don't like getting a giant blast of fragrance from people in the street and prefer to be more frugal so you can't be whiffed a mile off. I found the fragrance to be sensitive on the skin too and it does make you smell very clean and nice. I have used fragrances in the past that smell to sweet or are too powerful but I found the balance here seemed like it was just about right. I find a dab of this in the morning lasts most of the day and no one has complained about the whiff so it seems to be quite an acceptable fragrance to go about your business with. I think it was launched in 2007 so it is still relatively new and some people might find an extra attraction in having something with the Calvin Klein name on it. The packaging and bottle is of a simple design which personally I prefer to more fancy fragrance boxes and bottles. I think this is a good fragrance for men and would buy it again if I felt the need to add some things to the bathroom.
Jakemans Throat & Chest Sweets are a long established cough sweet although I only tried them for the first time quite recently in the final stages of my cold. They cost me 75p in my nearest supermarket and come in a 100g bag that contains 18 sweets. The sweets are black and individually wrapped. They are quite large too, much bigger than Halls and Tunes, and remind me a bit of those sweets in jars you can buy in the sweetshop or newsagents known as Cough Candy. The difference is that these have a more medicated and rustic taste that some people might struggle with but I personally liked. They are powerful though and when you first put one in your mouth it feels a bit overwhelming for a second or two and then settles down. You can taste aniseed and liqorice and they last quite a long time. The sweets contain Menthol crystals and Eucalyptus oil and I found them to be more effective than either Tunes or Lockets in clearing your nose and chest. I wish I had had some of these when my cold was was more severe rather than only get them in the last stages of it and they do clear your airways. The only slight drawback with these is I don't think you could chomp too many in one day as they are very strong and also very sweet. These are not sugar free and people who prefer sugar fre sweets might find these a little sickly. I tend to use a lot of sugar free products but I found I liked the taste of these a lot. I think if there were all just ordinary sweets I would actually prefer eating these to Tunes, Lockets, Soothers or Halls Menthol. For sore throats you probably need Strepsils or something to numb it but Jakemans Throat & Chest Sweets are very good for clearing your airways and perking you up a little and because they have such a strong flavour they will take your mind off your sore throat while you are chomping on one. They are like the original flavour Fisherman's Friends but much, much nicer with more sweetness and a more complicated and richer taste. I like Jakemans Throat & Chest Sweets a lot and would have no hesitation in buying them again when I felt the first signs of a cold coming on. If you think you might appreciate their strong and aniseedy taste then you should consider adding these to your shopping basket the next time you have to buy some items to combat a cold.
I don't get headaches very often but when I do they tend to be one of those obstinate ones that nags away and becomes very irritating and annoying. I like to have something that will work quickly to hand in the cupboard for when this does happen and Nurofen Express I find are generally good as they are fast acting and do provide some relief from your headache. I do stress headache though. If you suffer from very bad migraines then these might not be quite up to the job. Of course, these are not just for headaches but also can used to provide relief from colds, sore throats, aching joints, dental pain, period pain, muscular pain, feverishness and neuralgia. The last time I did have a bad headache though, one of those ones seems to be right behind the eye, these didn't completely erase it but they did work to an extent and I felt somewhat better. I think there are better products than these for migraines and bad headaches but for mild pain these are not bad to have in the cupboard. Dosage advice for the pills is one to two tablets to be taken with water every four hours. You are not supposed to exceed six tablets in 24 hours and these are not to be given to children under 12. I paid £2 for six of these and I believe you can expect to pay between £3.50 to £4 for a packet of 12. Not the cheapest tablets so if you find the unbranded bargain stuff perfectly adequate for mild pain then you should carry on saving your money. My own feeling was though that this were better at easing my head than the cheaper supermarket own brands. I didn't have major problems taking them and they are easy to get down with a few generous gulps of water. These did negate my last headache enough to make them worth buying so they worked well enough for me to be happy with the purchase. I'm not sure in the 'Express' thing is all that is cracked up to be though. The non Express Nurofen seem no slower or quicker really so I would probably be just as happy with them as well. These worked quite well for me but anyone who suffers from very bad migraines might find they need something more powerful. I would give Nurofen Express a solid three out of five stars. If they erased my headaches completely they would get four or five stars. For mild pain and easing a headache these are good but not completely effective.
Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Lemon are a powder based lemon drink that you add hot water to and drink when you have a bad cold. The drink is a decongestant to unblock your nose and let you breathe more easily and also contains Paracetamol as a sort of double action effect. I find Lemsips are very useful for bad colds although they are not the most pleasant drink you will ever consume and do taste quite bitter and odd. I find it's best to try and drink it relatively quickly. This product costs just £3 in Tesco for ten sachets and it goes without saying that you should not take this in combination with Paracetamol tablets. Despite being horrible, Lemsips do actually work in clearing your nose and head and also ease your sore throat quite well. If you do have a very bad cold or are knocked out by flu then I would definitely recommend these or better still keep some in the cupboard for the inevitable day when someone gives you their cold. I am one of those people who feels, rightly or wrongly, that if something tastes awful then it probably means its better for you and Lemsip scores highly on this count! When down with a bad cold or flu type symptoms I do find that a Lemsip is something that helps me to feel better and it does help unblock everything and ease any aches and discomforts for a short time. Because they do taste so rank you might find you have to sweeten it with something but I generally just drink it as it is. The relief this gives you from your flu/cold is only temporary but if you have some of these to hand in addition to other products then you will find life a little bit easier when you come down with something. If you can get past slightly bitter taste of Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Lemon then you should find these very handy to have in the cupboard when the winter sniffles strike. They are not too expensive either so you should be able to get a good deal on them.